€190m order to bring hydrogen trains to regions in France

What is believed to be the first order of dual mode electric-hydrogen trains has been made today (8th April) for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est and Occitanie regions of France.

Acting on behalf of the four individual regions, SNCF Voyageurs has placed an order with train manufacturer Alstom for the first 12 dual mode electric-hydrogen trains (plus a further two optional trainsets) in the Coradia Polyvant range for Régiolis.

The order, worth a total of almost €190m ($225m), represents a significant step in rail transport’s reduction of CO2 emissions for the benefit of passengers and regions and in the development of a hydrogen ecosystem.

The dual mode electric-hydrogen Coradia Polyvalent train meets the requirements of France’s diverse rail network and has an autonomy of up to 600 km on sections of non-electrified railway.

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